About CADY

Every year thousands of New Hampshire youth make a choice—a choice to use or not use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. CADY’s mission is to help our local youth make healthy and safe choices by working with schools, parents, youth, and communities to prevent and reduce youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and to promote healthy environments and promising futures.

Since 1999, our non-profit organization, has served 18 rural towns in Central New Hampshire in various capacities. Our focus is comprehensive, outcome-based substance abuse prevention via extensive collaborations, implementation of environmental prevention strategies, and development of award-winning, youth empowerment programming. From 2003 through 2013 CADY was a 10-year Drug Free Communities grantee and we currently serve as the Central NH Substance Misuse Prevention Provider and Substance Use Disorders Continuum of Care Facilitator for the Central NH Public Health Network and the NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. Please see the CADY Fact Sheet. Click here for more information.

Our coalition is comprised of three school districts, and community partners from 12 core sectors including law enforcement, guidance counselors, teachers, parents, the district court, recreation groups, youth and community centers, health and medical clinics, businesses, higher education, the arts, the media, local churches, and many other individuals.

Since 2007, CADY has also operated the sole Juvenile Court Diversion Program, a NH Accredited program, for 18 towns in the Plymouth Family Court region. The Restorative Justice process has given a second chance to over 170 youth to take responsibility for their actions, make restitution to victims, reconnect with community and turn their lives around.

In order to build organizational sustainability in 2014, CADY developed and rolled out a one-of-a-kind, 12-month strategic media campaign system in 2014 with broad appeal among the substance abuse prevention community around the country. Under the umbrella of CADY’s Social Marketing Service, we launched the “Prevention Accelerator Media Campaign System” as a strategic, time-saving, prevention tool designed to meet the substance abuse community’s need for accurate and research-based information. The overarching goal of the Prevention Accelerator system is to raise public awareness of the risks and harms of youth substance misuse and connect the dots to solutions.

Substance abuse is a serious health and safety risk for our children and communities. We believe prevention is one of the most responsible, humane, and cost effective practices to address the problem. Prevention is simply protecting what we value most: our children, and our community, from the harmful effects of illegal drugs and crime.

CADY is located at 94 Highland Street in Plymouth, New Hampshire. We work with three regions, Pemi-Baker, Newfound, and Lincoln-Woodstock in the communities of Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Lincoln, Livermore, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, Wentworth and Woodstock.

    • STRATEGY 1:    Leadership – cultivate expanded leadership, particularly among state lawmakers and policy makers, to improve understanding of the impact of alcohol and other drug abuse in our region; to improve understanding of effective policies, programs and practices to address misuse; and to develop champions for such efforts.
    • STRATEGY 2:  Financial resourcing – advocate for and support adequate, sustained financial resourcing of alcohol and drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery supports.
    • STRATEGY 3:  Public education – increase public awareness relative to the harms and consequences of alcohol and drug misuse among our youth population and the community at large.
    • STRATEGY 4:  Training and professional development – support training availability and access relative to alcohol and other drug topics for a wide range of professionals and practitioners within different community sectors.
    • STRATEGY 5:  Collaboration – Foster partnerships among key community sectors including alignment of efforts to achieve financial stability and sustainability.
    • STRATEGY 6Technical assistance – Provide technical assistance to support and enhance efforts of existing local coalitions, to develop local coalitions in additional communities, and build the capacity of our partners and communities to prevent and reduce youth substance misuse and abuse.
    • STRATEGY 7:  Data utilization – continue to collect and share data about the impact of alcohol and drug misuse on individuals, families, communities and community sectors, and spearhead successful efforts to reduce misuse and promote recovery.
    • STRATEGY 8:  Effective policy, practice and programs – promote the implementation of effective policies, practices and programs across and within community sectors and systems and through a combination of evidence-based direct-service programming and environmental strategies and change initiatives.
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Our Mission

Our mission is to educate, engage and empower our schools and communities to prevent and reduce youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and to promote healthy environments and promising futures.

Our Core Purpose

Our purpose is to build a resilient, inclusive, and diverse community united in developing and sustaining a healthy environment where youth can grow up alcohol and drug free.

Our Vision

“Our vision is to have families, schools, and communities that are informed about the importance of prevention, that actively participate in prevention efforts, and who encourage low-risk behavior; and to have significantly higher numbers of healthy, drug-free young people who do the same.”

Educate!  Engage!  Empower!
Each day we work toward a community that engages our youth around the issues of underage drinking and drug use. We seek to educate all sectors of our community on the dangers and impact of underage drug and alcohol use, build protective factors, and empower our youth to make healthy choices.

Diversity & Sensitivity
We treat our staff, community partners, and volunteers with respect and dignity. We value cultural and ethnic diversity, understanding the sensitivity of the issues we face together. We continually seek to understand and honor each person as an individual.

We place value both on the sense of community we maintain inside CADY and on the way we weave ourselves into the fabric of the larger community. Our culture at CADY is built on an ideal of equality and a spirit of teamwork, where all members are valued for their individual contributions and as a member of our team.

Commitment to Excellence 
We approach our work with professionalism, integrity and commitment. We seek to continuously improve in all that we do, and service to our community comes first.